Loving can hurt, loving can hurt sometimes
But it's the only thing that I know
When it gets hard, you know it can get hard sometimes
It is the only thing makes us feel alive

We keep this love in a photograph
We made these memories for ourselves
Where our eyes are never closing
Hearts are never broken
And time's forever frozen, still

So you can keep me
Inside the pocket of your ripped jeans
Holding me closer 'til our eyes meet
You won't ever be alone, wait for me to come home

Loving can heal, loving can mend your soul
And it's the only thing that I know, know
I swear it will get easier
Remember that with every piece of ya
Hmm, and it's the only thing we take with us when we die

Hmm, we keep this love in a photograph
We made these memories for ourselves
Where our eyes are never closing
Hearts were never broken
And time's forever frozen, still

So you can keep me
Inside the pocket of your ripped jeans
Holding me closer 'til our eyes meet
You won't ever be alone

And if you hurt me
That's okay, baby, only words bleed
Inside these pages, you just hold me
And I won't ever let you go
Wait for me to come home
Wait for me to come home
Wait for me to come home
Wait for me to come home

Oh, you can fit me
Inside the necklace you got when you were sixteen
Next to your heartbeat where I should be
Keep it deep within your soul

And if you hurt me
Well, that's okay, baby, only words bleed
Inside these pages, you just hold me
And I won't ever let you go

When I'm away, I will remember how you kissed me
Under the lamppost back on Sixth street
Hearing you whisper through the phone
"Wait for me to come home"


Lyrics submitted by sandrinecote

Photograph Lyrics as written by Ed Sheeran John Mcdaid

Lyrics © CONCORD MUSIC PUBLISHING LLC, Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC, Spirit Music Group

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  • +6
    General Comment"You can fit me
    Inside the necklace you got when you were sixteen
    Next to your heartbeat where I should be
    Keep it deep within your soul"

    This just kills me, the way he sings that, gosh.
    Its all about not being able to get over someone, though he knows that the chance of this love turning real are very little.
    I feel like giving him a pat on the back, saying i know what he is feeling.
    rafael1000on December 28, 2014   Link
  • +3
    General CommentWe all had good moments (and even developed a crush) for someone. But then, some bad things happen which makes us go apart, separate or even go in bad terms with that someone. But then, there are times that we still cherish all the good memories (and even the bad ones) he/she had with that someone, as "we keep this love in a photograph".
    We then hope that we may still keep in touch with that someone, even though that someone is already far away from our hearts. HoodiePenon March 02, 2015   Link
  • +2
    General CommentI think that this song basically seems like, not a break-up song but a going away song. If you know what i mean. looking at it from his point of view, he is a busy man going on tour. So i would say that its like, i'm going away but i want you to always remember the times we had when i was there. He just doesn't want the girl to forget him, and he is pleading for her to keeping waiting until he gets back. and the photograph is something for the girl to remember him of, and how they shared moments and how happy they where.

    :)
    punkwillsaveuson December 28, 2014   Link
  • +2
    My InterpretationThis song really speaks to my current situation. My boyfriend and I of nearly 2 years just split up 2 weeks ago. We had a wild ride while we were together but things got messy and while he tells me that he has to move on, I think he's leaving because he's scared. I know that's why he's leaving. We both did things in the relationship to hurt each other but one thing that remains the same is my unconditional love for him. This song is sort of my way of trying to move on and not be stuck in the pull of his love anymore.

    I want him to remember all of the good times and the reasons that we were together in the first place while he tries to get himself together. I will always keep him close to my heart and I know I will always love him. We see each other often and the fire is still there. We need to heel and we need to get better. Love can do that no matter what the situation.

    This song is stunning. I wish time was frozen to when things were simpler and we didn't let things get out of control. I have so many amazing memories with him that are making me hold on, so many plans and promises that I made to him that are making me stick around.
    stevenrmcon July 05, 2015   Link
  • 0
    My InterpretationThis is a prequel to "Small Bump". Told from the perspective of the unborn child (photograph - ultrasound), and through the narrator's time with the parent of their baby.
    Wallflower2588on March 13, 2015   Link
  • 0
    General Comment'And if you hurt me, well that's okay baby, only words bleed' is one of the best lines I've heard in a song in a long long time. Ed's a hell of a writer.

    That line seals this song for me. It's pretty clear to me that Ed's reflecting back on a relationship that is no more. They have their memories and photographs to document the love they shared - and even though she hurt him he wouldn't trade the blood that her words bring for anything because the love he felt during the relationship - and documented in the photograph - made the pain worth it. Their love is now part of his soul.

    Brilliant!!!!!!!!!
    cwson September 18, 2015   Link
  • 0
    My InterpretationIt's about a long distance relationship he had with his ex-girlfriend Nina Nesbitt.
    seeingon October 03, 2015   Link
  • 0
    My OpinionWhen I heard this song on YouTube, I figured it out,this was about his personal life time and relationships between his parents.
    KJ stormson October 21, 2015   Link
  • 0
    General CommentIf you take into account the official music video that goes with this song, I'm pretty sure it's about losing someone who died that's very close to you.
    RevBugon November 13, 2016   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI think it's about a loved one that you haven't see for a very long time and then,suddenly,you're goin to meet her again,but for a short period and then you'll need to split once again,and the memories starts again of all the good times he had with her and then you try to save then as a confort tool.
    symon10230on June 26, 2017   Link
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